Christopher T. Walsh

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Christopher T. Walsh
NationalityUnited States
Alma materHarvard University
Known forEnzyme kinetics, antibiotic resistance
Scientific career

Christopher T. Walsh is a Hamilton Kuhn professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.[1] His research focuses on enzymes and enzyme inhibition, and most recently he is focused on the problem of antibiotic resistance.[2] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Walsh earned his A.B. degree in biology from Harvard University in 1965. As an undergraduate, he worked with E. O. Wilson and published a first author paper in the journal Nature, where he and his colleagues described the composition of the fire ant trail substance.[3] He went on to graduate school at Rockefeller University, where he earned his Ph.D. in life science in 1970.[2][4]


Walsh completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University in 1972, and later that year joined the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a professor of chemistry and biology. In 1987, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he remains to this day. Walsh has authored more than 650 publications in scholarly journals and trained several graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.[2][4] Among his professional activities, Walsh is a member of both the Board of Scientific Governors of The Scripps Research Institute[5] and the American Philosophical Society.[6]

Notable publications[edit]


  • Enzymatic Reaction Mechanisms (1978). Published by Freeman Inc (ISBN 978-0-7167-0070-8).
  • Antibiotics: Actions, Origins, Resistance (2003), by Christopher Walsh. Published by ASM Press (ISBN 978-1-55581-254-6).
  • Post-translation Modification of Proteins: Expanding Nature's Inventory (2006), by C.T. Walsh. Published by Roberts and Company (ISBN 0-9747077-3-2).[7]


  1. ^ "Walsh Laboratory". Harvard Medical School. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Speakers: Christopher T. Walsh, Ph.D." Duke University Health System. 2006. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  3. ^ Walsh, Christopher T.; J.H. Law; E.O. Wilson (1965). "Purification of the Fire Ant Trail Substance". Nature. Nature Publishing Group. 207 (4994): 320–321. Bibcode:1965Natur.207..320W. doi:10.1038/207320b0. S2CID 4265580.
  4. ^ a b Beeson, Teresa D. "The Career of Christopher T. Walsh" (PDF). Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Leadership | Scripps Research". Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  6. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  7. ^ van der Donk, Wilfred A (2005). "The protein modification repertoire". Nature Chemical Biology. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 1 (5): 243–243. doi:10.1038/nchembio1005-243. ISSN 1552-4450.

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